Beyzanur Inal is a Turkish student in the Dual Degree in Business Administration and Laws. She ended up at IE University after a turbulent time in her life, fleeing from Turkey then Senegal to finally land in Spain. Today, she tells us about that journey and how IE University and the IE Foundation helped her secure a full scholarship that would change her path completely.
In my free time, I like writing amateur stories and poems (in Turkish), learning new languages, and reading scientific articles, especially about biology. My most important hobby, though, is volunteering. I spend most of my spare time volunteering at the UN Refugee Agency, Casa Turca, and generally helping refugee students continue studying in Spain, since I know all too well the difficulty of restarting your studies after a forced break.
I lived in Turkey for 16 years, and during that time I never traveled abroad nor thought about studying in a foreign country. However, I grew up as an open-minded and social girl. I was a successful student—very disciplined and organized. I had ambitious academic goals, and until 2016, I was on my way to achieving them.
However, in 2013, political problems arose in Turkey, which deeply affected my family. As a result of an attempted coup in 2016, the situation got worse, and consequently, my family was forced to flee from our home country to Senegal. From one day to the next, my life changed completely. After 1.5 years in Senegal, due to security problems caused by the political persecution of the Turkish government, we had to move again to somewhere safer. Under very difficult conditions, we eventually arrived in Spain.
The path to IE University
When I arrived in Madrid, I didn’t know about IE University. After six months of learning Spanish from scratch, I took an exam (the PCE) for students who hold foreign high school diplomas, which permitted me to study conditionally at a public university in Spain. However, as you may know, obtaining legal documents for someone who flees from their home country is not easy. So, I couldn’t obtain some of the legal documents required from my secondary and high school, and my admission was canceled after just three months.
I ended up with no option but to redo high school and do the EvAU process in Spain. I studied science, and there were only four months left until graduation when I came across IE University. The president of the NGO Casa Turca, where I was volunteering, recommended it to me. After researching the university, I knew this was where I wanted to shape my future.
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